[caption id="attachment_563378" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-563378" alt="Lakshmipathy Balaji remains associated with the Tamil Nadu team as its bowling coach Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Lakshmipathy-Balaji.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Lakshmipathy Balaji remains associated with the Tamil Nadu team as its bowling coach Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Kolkata-Knight-Riders" target="_blank">Kolkata Knight Riders</a> (KKR) on Tuesday named former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india" target="_blank">India</a> pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Lakshmipathy-Balaji" target="_blank">Lakshmipathy Balaji</a> as their bowling coach ahead of the 2017 <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ipl" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL). Balaji, who retired from First-Class cricket in September 2016, remains associated with the Tamil Nadu team as its bowling coach. He was an integral part of KKR s bowling line-up from 2011 to 2013, and contributed to the team s victorious campaign in 2012. Making the announcement, KKR CEO said: "It's great to welcome Bala back to the KKR family. He was an integral part of KKR from 2011-13 and played a key role in helping KKR win the championship in 2012". Commenting on his new role as bowling coach of KKR, Balaji said: "I had thoroughly enjoyed my stint as a player for KKR and I am delighted to be back to the franchise that I have admired". <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, Balaji was surprised at the frequency with which the ball was changed on the first day of their semi-final clash against title-holders Mumbai in ongoing Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season. It was replaced three times inside the first two sessions and Balaji stated it disturbed the momentum of both batsmen and bowlers. Mumbai s coach Chandrakant Pandit also came out in support of Balaji s remarks and said it was an issue that needed to be taken seriously. <p></p> <p></p>Tamil Nadu ended Day One on 261 for 6 as Mumbai pulled things back with late wickets going into stumps. The second semi-final is being played at Nagpur where Jharkhand is pitted against Gujarat. During the game, batting or bowling can lose the grip because of a sudden change [of the ball]. I think most of the coaches had discussed that in the last coaches and captains [conclave], said Pandit.